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Celebrate Loyalist Day with New Brunswick on Wednesday May 18
Although proclaiming May 18 as officially “Loyalist Day” is much more recent, remembering the arrival of the first ship on 18 May has been long a tradition, as this toast notes:

“The land our ancestors left, and the land we live in; both inhabited from one common parent, and enjoying, though under different governments, the blessings of freedom; may old animosities be forgotten, and the present good understanding continued.”
Source: Toast given at Masonic Hall in Saint John, NB on May 18, 1833 at dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of landing of Loyalists in New Brunswick

Read about the Significance

of Loyalist Day in New Brunswick
A Rock & Plaque in Loyalist Plaza in Saint John, New Brunswick celebrate the day.

Happy Loyalist Day New Brunswickers, and those with Loyalist ancestors who came to this colony in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

2022 Conference Presentations: Something for Everyone UEL
The theme of the presentations is:”Eclectic and Inclusive.” They fall into three broad categories: historical figures, genealogy, and socio-political history.

Genealogical presentations:
Alice and Bruce Walchuk of the Manitoba Branch will do a presentation on genealogical research entitled “What Now? Breaking through the Research Wall”. This workshop will deal with one of the most frustrating aspects of genealogical research: an apparent dead end and how to overcome such an impasse.

Barbara Andrew of the Assiniboine Branch will do a genealogical presentation on her loyalist forebears entitled “Loyalist Descendants Journey West to Become Pioneers on the Prairies”. This account is sure to resonate will many whose ancestors followed a similar path into Western Canada.

Socio-political presentations”
Dr. Bonnie Huskins of the University of New Brunswick will do a presentation whose title sums up its content: “Life in Exile: How Loyalist Women in the Maritimes Contributed to their Families’ Survival and the (Re) Formation of Community”. This also will resonate with many whose loyalist forebears settled in the Atlantic Provinces.

Dr. Carl Benn will do a presentation on the development of Upper Canada entitled “The Ohio War, the Toronto Passage, and the Birth of Urban Toronto, 1783-1796” which promises insight into the early years of Canada’s most populous city.

Register Today for the Conference
From the registration team of Alice and Bruce Walchuck item, read

these helpful notes before registering.
Don’t miss the great speakers and topics – register today.
More details; follow the links for each speaker and topic

“Magnates, Mavens, and Miracle Workers: Loyalist Descendants in Manitoba”
A number of people who have made significant contributions to Canada have Loyalist ancestors

Brigadier General Henry Norlande Ruttan

Loyalist forebear:

  • William Ruttan, UE, 3rd Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers

Henry Norlande Ruttan was born 21 May 1848 in Cobourg, Ontario to Henry James Ruttan and Margaret Pringle. The whole of his professional life was interwoven by two major strands, the military and civil engineering.
Ruttan’s military life began in his teens when he joined the Cobourg Volunteer Militia mustered against the Fenian Raids in 1866. At 18 he graduated from the School of Military Instruction in Kingston. After he moved to Winnipeg he became a founder of the 90th Battalion of the Winnipeg Royal Rifles in 1883. Read

Mary Steinhoff, Chair, On behalf of the 2022 Conference Planning Committee of the Manitoba Branch

Registering for UELAC AGM, for Members
NOTE: This is a separate registration from the UELAC Conference
The AGM for current members is scheduled for Saturday, 28 May 2022 at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Registration to attend is required – details to register (separate from the Conference registration) are in the Members’ Section – login at for instructions.
The agenda for the meeting, and a package with all the reports etc. have now been posted there as well. Check out the President’s report, branch reports, financials and what each of the many committees accomplished in 2021.

Loyalists Executing Loyalists – Part Three of Three
copyright Stephen Davidson UE
As they established themselves in their new colony, the Loyalist settlers of New Brunswick re-established the institutions that had been the foundations of their lives in the rebellious thirteen colonies. In addition to churches and schools, they also built courthouses and jails to mete out justice. Corporal punishment, banishment, and imprisonment were the consequences of breaking the law in the early 19th century; death by hanging was the ultimate capital punishment. As the earlier chapters in this series have demonstrated, a Loyalist criminal could be hanged for robbery as well as murder.
To learn more about the occasions when justice required Loyalists to execute Loyalists in New Brunswick, one must consult the surviving newspapers of the era. They provide an insight — although an incomplete one—into the darker side of Loyalist society.
In November of 1812, The New Brunswick Royal Gazette, a Fredericton newspaper, reported that Private Barry Young of the 104th Regiment had been convicted of willful murder. He was one of the Black Loyalists who had met the 5 feet 5 inches minimum height requirement for his famous regiment. There were nine other Black enlisted men who served as pioneers and drummers. Neither the details of Young’s service nor his crime are known. His conviction demonstrates that homicides could occur within the colony’s military.
Private Michael McCoomb of the 9th Regiment underscored this point when he was found guilty of the murder of Catherine Trafton. Convicted in a Saint John court in April of 1814, McCoomb attempted to escape from jail a week before the date of his execution, but was not able to avoid his appointment at the gallows.
A young Englishman named Henry Moore Smith was just 21 years old when –in May of 1815– he was convicted of horse stealing — a capital offense in early New Brunswick. He was incarcerated in the Kings County Prison under the watchful eye of Sheriff Walter Bates, a Loyalist from Connecticut. Smith’s skills as an escape artist, puppeteer, and fortuneteller were such that he later became the subject of The Mysterious Stranger, the first international best seller to be written by a Loyalist.
After escaping from jail, Smith was captured by a Black Loyalist and returned to Kingston. Walter Bates took pity on him and arranged to have the New Brunswick Supreme Court pardon him. Instead of being hanged, Smith was made a free man on the condition that he should leave New Brunswick for good. The authorities put Smith and his puppets on a ship sailing for Windsor, Nova Scotia. As soon as the ship berthed, the puppeteer went ashore, leaving all of his possessions behind him — including his marionettes. Smith completely disappeared — one of the colony’s few convicted felons to escape the hangman’s noose.
Sadly, the Loyalist colony saw its share of violence against women. September 17, 1819 was the date set for John Chambers to be hanged in Fredericton for the rape of a local woman. Typical for its day, the woman’s name was not given in the City Gazette. Fourteen months later, a head wound caused by an axe or stone killed Mary Dunn. Her husband John Dunn fled Saint John, but was eventually recaptured. The former sergeant in the 100th Regiment was convicted of “willful murder” and hanged.
The last case of crime and capital punishment to be considered in this series is the death of George Ludlow Wetmore on October 2, 1821. While later accounts would hide the details of this lawyer’s demise by saying he “died suddenly”, Wetmore was shot and killed in the presence of witnesses. Almost 26 years of age, the father of three children had challenged his longtime rival, George Frederick Street, to a duel to satisfy his injured honour.
Given the fact that dueling was illegal in New Brunswick, the two lawyers met away from prying eyes (and the knowledge of their wives) just outside of Fredericton in the early morning. Wetmore brought the pistols. Lt. Richard Davie of the 74th Regiment served as Street’s “second” while John Francis Wentworth Winslow accompanied Wetmore.
When given the call to fire their pistols, both men raised their arms and shot at one another. According to the rules of dueling, honour had been satisfied. However, Wetmore wanted the duel to continue. The men exchanged pistols. This time when the weapons fired, Wetmore fell to the ground. Street’s bullet had gone through Wetmore’s arm and struck him in the head.
While Winslow dashed off to get a doctor for his friend, Street and Davie mounted their horses and galloped off to sanctuary across the American border.
Wetmore was dead by 10:15 a.m. Within a matter of days, a reward of ten pounds for each fugitive was posted. However, Street and Davie returned to Fredericton two months later; their trial convened on February 21, 1822. The Saint John City Gazette alerted their readers that this was a murder trial.
What followed has been described by historian Phillip Buckner as “a farce”. When witnesses from the Loyalist upper crust were cross-examined, they spoke of George Street’s character — hardly a factor in a murder trial. Winslow and Davie, duellists’ seconds, would not come out and say that they had seen Street kill Wetmore.
The lawyers for the defense (both the sons of Loyalists) downplayed the value of the circumstantial evidence provided by the prosecutor (another Loyalist’s son). The presiding judge was John Saunders, a Virginia Loyalists who had fought under John Graves Simcoe in the Queen’s American Rangers. He advised the jury to acquit George Street. They did so, and Street left the court a free man.
Phillip Buckner summed up the trial by saying, “one has the impression that the witnesses, the judges, and the prosecuting officers were united in a conspiracy to prevent the law against duelling from being enforced. These were, of course, the same men who enforced the criminal law with such vigour against those who were not members of the gentry.
A few events that followed the trial of Wetmore’s murderer are worthy of note. Despite having killed a man in an illegal duel, George Street went on to become one of New Brunswick’s supreme court judges.
George Wetmore’s wife, Harriet, was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child when she became a widow. The daughter who was born 27 days after Wetmore’s fatal shooting was named “George Ludlow Harriet Wetmore” in memory of her father. An awkward name did not prevent Miss Wetmore from marrying Jasper N. Murphy at age 23; the couple became the parents of 14 children.
Harriet Wetmore lived to the age of 95; her only daughter lived to be 88. Neither woman ever spoke to a member of the Street family in the decades that followed the duel.
Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, who was just 14 months old when his father was killed in the duel, became the first premier of New Brunswick following Confederation. George Ludlow Wetmore’s only claim to fame would be that he was the victim of New Brunswick’s last fatal duel.
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The Loyalist Smiths of Smith’s Cove, Nova Scotia
By Brian McConnell UE
It is interesting that the story of how Joseph Smith became a founder of Smith’s Cove includes an agreement being made by him with the father of a Patriot soldier, Joseph Potter, Jr. When Joseph Smith arrived in the area in 1783 with other Loyalists as refugees from New York after the American Revolution his ship lay in the Annapolis Basin, off of Digby. His wife and family accompanied him along with a few household items which they had been permitted to bring. They remained on the ship through the winter and in the Spring he walked to Halifax, approximately a distance of 230 kilometers, to receive his land grant. It is recorded he received 350 acres in Clements.
The land Joseph Smith received was in present day Upper Clements. Soon after receiving this grant he made an agreement to exchange it with Joseph Potter, Jr., a pre — Loyalist settler in Smith’s Cove. This land was exchanged for lot 10 of the Hoar Grant, named after Colonel Jonathan Hoar who received large grants of land in the area which included what would become Smith’s Cove. He served in the French and Indian War and was elected the first representative of the County of Annapolis in 1759.

more, with Joseph’s Memorial, Notes about the Potter Family and photos.

The Revolutionary War 1776 – 1783: Loyalists and Patriots
By Barbara Pearson UE
Note: First published in May 2008 in The Kings County Gazette, newsletter of the Kings County N.B. Historical and Archival Society. For the cover story, Barbara takes the role of Miss A. Baxter, Reporter who provides thumbnail details of:

  • some among the Loyalists: King George III, Ruth Nicholls, Sir Henry Clinton. Charles Cornwallis, Lord George Germaine, Molly Brant, Sir Guy Carleton. Brook Watson and John Ward;
  • some of the Patriots: General George Washington, General Nathaniel Greene, Joseph Reed, General John Sullivan, Captain Charles Peale, Col. Thomas Mifflin, Molly Pitcher, Benedict Arnold, John Paul Jones;
  • some of the events Spring Fleet arrival, Major Gilfred Studholme, William Hazen;
  • Editorial: The War, African and Native Americans, Total Loss of Life, The British.

“The Golden Royal Coach of Four Tons Made the Ground Tremble!”
It was as if the very grandeur, wealth and weight of the British Empire were rolling past on the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 1775, an empire that now included Canada. His Royal Majesty George III rode in royal splendour, pulled by eight magnificent Hanoverian Cream horses. No mortal on earth rode in such style as the British King. London, with its population at nearly a million souls, was the largest city in Europe and widely considered the capital of the world. The British King arrived at the Palace of Westminster, there to address the opening of Parliament on the increasingly distressing issue of war in America. Read


Comments from Barbara Pearson UE today:
I really enjoyed writing this article for the 225th anniversary of the Arrival in 1783 and creating my fiction reporter.
I had great references. I bought “1776” and “John Adams” for pictures and information.
I had also arranged a display of materials used for the meeting back in May of 2008. Seems like a century ago! But the History doesn’t change.
I watched the mini series “John Adams” and didn’t miss an episode. Wish the History Channel would offer it again.
Erratum: The sources I used for the Loyalists included 1776 by David McCullough (name spelled incorrectly).

JAR: Thomas Plumb, British Soldier, Writes Home from Rhode Island
by Don N. Hagist 9 May 2022
“Dear Brother,” wrote Thomas Plumb from Newport, Rhode Island, on February 22, 1777, “this comes with my kind Love to you and hope these lines will find you, my Wife, Child & all Enquiring Friends in as good Health as they do Leave me at this Present time.” Plumb has been in Rhode Island for almost three months, and it was important to let his family and friends know that he was in good health and spirits. He was a soldier, a British soldier, in a war that had been raging in America for almost two full years.
Plumb had joined the 22nd Regiment of Foot at the end of December 1765, according to the regiment’s muster rolls. Read


JAR: William Goforth: A Life of Patriotism, Courage, and Honor
by Mark R. Anderson 10 May 2022
William Goforth played significant roles in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in the age of the American Revolution and the Early Republic and he stands out across the centuries as a man who lived by enlightened values. Yet even though he corresponded or directly cooperated with several very famous counterparts—the likes of Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson—Goforth has remained in history’s shadows. He never rose to high rank or office, but he was a man of strong character, with an inquisitive mind, sagacity, effective leadership skills, and a bit of playfulness—attributes that are evident at several points in his life. As someone noted in the Goforth family Bible upon his death, “He lived Respected and Died Regreted, By All who know’d his merit.”
William Goforth’s youth is scantly documented for almost three full decades after his Philadelphia birth on April 1, 1731. At some time during the French and Indian War, he served as a “captain of marines” aboard a privateer; but it was not until 1760 that he was first recorded as a “labourer” in New York City’s rolls of freemen. That year he also married Catherine Meeks, thirteen years his younger, in New York City’s First Baptist Church. Before the Revolutionary War, Goforth made his living as a cordwainer (leather shoemaker) and small-scale merchant. Read


Ben Franklin’s World: Free People of Color in Early America
Warren Milteer Jr., an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the author of North Carolina’s Free People of Color, 1715-1885 and Beyond Slavery’s Shadow: Free People of Color in the South, joins us to explore the lives and experiences of free people of color, men and women who ranked somewhere in the middle or middle bottom of early American society.
During our exploration, Warren reveals where free people of color lived prior to the American Civil War; Opportunities for free people of color during both the American Revolution and early republic periods; And, details about the different state laws that impacted the lives of free people of color and information about the enforcement—or non-enforcement—of those laws in local communities. Listen


The Royal Yorkers: Major David Moore UE Now in Command
From Reg James:

Change of Command
I have decided that it is time for me to step down as commander of the Royal Yorkers. For the past 12 years I have had the honour to command what I regard as the best regiment in the hobby. I had inherited a first class regiment from Lt. Colonel Gavin Watt, and I was able to carry on in my role due to the excellent quality of the officers, NCO’s and ladies of the regiment, and their excellent drill, and interpretations at events and parades.
I will take a supporting position as staff officer and ranker within the regiment’s structure.
I have handed command of the regiment to Major David Moore who has been a member of the regiment as long as long as myself. David’s reputation for excellence is legendary in the hobby and I have no doubt that the regiment will flourish under his command. Read


From Capt. Alex Lawrence UE, for more information about the Royal Yorkers, visit the regiment’s web page, Two years since everything of this nature stopped cold (pandemic), plans are underway to update it as, hopefully, things get back to normal.

This year’s event schedule is pretty thin, Cornwall Heritage Weekend May 20-22 in Cornwall, UEL Flag Raising in Adolphustown June 19 (with some loyalist grave marking ceremonies on the 18th). All going well the 2nd Battalion will be a Bennington Vermont August 13 & 14 and the 1st Battalion at Fort Ticonderoga September 17 & 18 and Fort Klock, New York on October 1 & 2.

We are, of course, always interested in recruits regardless of gender, age, etc. as soldiers, refugees, period trades people or whatever. If you have any questions about participating, please contact Alex Lawrence
Lt. Col. (Hon) Doug Grant UE, The King’s Royal Yorkers

UELAC Scholarship Endowment Fund Challenge 2022
Branches and individual members across Canada are asking if there is a UELAC 2022 Scholarship Endowment Fund Challenge this year as we begin to get things back to pre-pandemic ways. The Challenge continues because donations to the fund are always needed and appreciated.

Donate Now in support of the UELAC Loyalist Scholarship Endowment Fund.

The year 2025 will mark the 250th anniversary of the American War for Independence and the first of many chapters of our Loyalist story. Our current and past Scholarship winners are joining others now writing new research that challenges the mythology of the American Revolution. Some of us truly understand that the plight of the loyalists has been misrepresented or ignored in some popular teaching and film making.
As individuals we are not spending money to come in person to the 2022 conference, so please consider giving a portion of that “savings” to the Scholarship Endowment Fund if you are able to. The Challenge continues!
As Acting Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee I thank you.
Christine E. Manzer UE

Who are the People In The Picture? Coffee Break?

Or Dessert’s Done?
Go to Who’s In The Picture (WitP). May 12, 2022. This photo (Ref. Code 2-14-32) is another Gerald Rogers picture from the convention. The caption identifies Lyman Roberts, Isobel Templeton, Mabel MacLean, and Charles Marsh. Only the latter is identified as the gentleman in green. I’m fairly confident that MacLean is the woman in the dark dress on the left side of the table. Putting names to faces for the remaining two identified people and any unidentified people would be helpful.

Can you help resolve the questions?
If so, please send an email to Carl Stymiest, Leader of the Library and Archives Committee at — please note the date and reference number of the photo. Any additional relevant comments are welcome, and appreciated.
Carl Stymiest

For Members: UELAC Branch Newsletters for Your Reading Pleasure.
Many branches submit their newsletters to Carl Stymiest for posting to the Members’ Section at
Recent additions are from: Bicentennial (Windsor Ontario), Chilliwack BC, Gov. Simcoe (Toronto ON), Grand River (Simcoe ON), Kingston ON, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Sir Guy Carleton (Ottawa ON), St. Lawrence (Cornwall ON), Vancouver BC.

UELAC Loyalist Directory: New Entries
Entries which have been added, or revised, this week, with thanks:

  • Thanks to Lynton “Bill” Stewart for more information
    • Maj.Thomas Barclayof the Loyal American Regiment resettled in Saint John NB, but In 1822 settled into a county home on Manhattan Island and died in 1830 in New York.
    • A new record for Lt.Col. Stephen Delanceyof the 1st New Jersey Volunteers received a land grant in Nova Scotia, eventually appointed Chief Justice of the Bahamas and Governor of Tobago).
  • With information from Jim Bruce
    • Pvt. Johann Jacob Smith (Schmidt)served in the KRRNY and married Maria Barbara Krafft
  • From information by Brian McConnell, new records for
    • Joseph Smith(of Smith’s Cove, NS) was born in Redgefield Connecticut but had been settled in County of Westchester in the province of New York.
    • John Sulisalso settled in Smith’s Cove NS, and married Abigail Smith, daughter of Joseph (above)

Do you have a Loyalist ancestor? Is the ancestor in the Loyalist Directory?
Help us improve the directory, even with a few pierces of information. By adding a few details – any of:

  • spouse’s name
  • children’s names
  • where they were settled before the war
  • where they settled after the war
  • birth, death, marriage dates

All of these help other descendants of that Loyalist verify their ancestor, and maybe set out to obtain a Loyalist Certificate.
If you would like to submit just a few pieces of data, simply note then in an email and send to
All help is appreciated. …doug

Upcoming Events:

Fort Plain: The Hessian Repulse at Red Bank. Mon May 16 @7:00ET

A Noble Defense: The Hessian Repulse at Red Bank October 22, 1777
At this small post, a determined group of Rhode Islanders turned back an assault by a Hessian column some 1,200 strong. More details and free registration

St Alban’s Centre, Adolphustwon, Ont. Plant aaand Garage Sale Sat. May 21

A plant and garage sale on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 9 a.m. The church will also be open for tours that day. (events)

Toronto Branch: “38 Hours To Montreal” Thurs. May 26 @7:30

Dan Buchanan “The History Guy of Brighton” will speak about “38 Hours To Montreal: William Weller and the Governor General’s Race of 1840” – the story of an amazing sleigh ride in February 1840. Those not members of Toronto Branch can contact to register. More


Fort Plain: American Revolution Conference, June 10-12, Johnstown, NY

The American Revolution Conference in the Mohawk Valley is expanded to include 13 Speakers and Starts 1:00 pm on Friday, June 10th, Continues all day Saturday, June 11th and Ends about 12:30 pm on Sunday June 12th. Location: Johnstown, NY. For details, registration etc.

From the Twittersphere and Beyond

  • LoyalistHouse in Saint John, NBwill be open to public on Loyalist Day – May 18th, 2022. Open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. with Free Admission. Regular hours begin end of June. Read details about Loyalist House in Canada’s Historic Places.
  • There is an area marked as the Black Burial Ground at Birchtown, NS. On the weekend I visited it and made this video (unfortunately you can hear the wind howling at times). Photoand link to video. Brian McConnell UE
  • On Sunday we made a short stop in historic Shelburne, NS and walked along Dock Street. I prepared this short video which shows some of the buildings that date back to the 1780s.. Photoand link to video. Brian McConnell UE
  • This week in History
    • 9 May 1775 BenedictArnold unsuccessfully challengesEthan Allen’s right to lead the expedition to Fort Ticonderoga.
    • 10 May 1775 EthanAllen and Benedict Arnold take Ft Ticonderogain New-York, securing cannon for patriot forces.
    • 7 May 1776 Congress takes measures to protect Philadelphia from threat of twoBritish warships on Delaware River.
    • 8 May 1776 Patriotsattack British warships Roebuck & Liverpoolon the Delaware River; minimal damage to both sides.
    • 11 May 1776 Washington suggests raising companies of Germans to sow discontent among England’sHessian troops.
    • 13 May 1776 Antigua-based British Adm. Young relays intel to Jamaica that Americans plan to attackWest India ships.
    • 12 May 1780 Charles-Town,South-Carolina falls to BritishGeneral Clinton, marking terrible defeat for rebel forces.
    • 7 May 1782 New Providence, Bahamas British Gov John Maxwell surrenders 600 regulars, 300 militia & 800 sailors to a Spanishforce under Gov Juan Manuel de Caxigal.But shortly afterward, he learns of the French defeat at Saintes & returns to Havana.
  • Clothing and Related:
    • The tiniest pair of baby slippers I have ever seen—that’s me holding a Canadian quarter to the display glass to try and give perspective. English, 1710-1720 (and actually for a baby)
    • Theheel soared to its highest eighteenth century heightin the 1780s, right before the influences of the Neoclassical age. English, 1780s, the uppers possible embroidered by the upper class woman who wore them
    • 18th Century open front dressaccessorised for a masquerade, 1765-70
    • 18th Century daydress of white cotton printed in purplein vertical rows of chinoiserie ornament, possibly inspired by prints of Jean Pillement. The 13 hooks and eyes on either side of the stomacher fronts appear to be original. 1770’s
    • 18th Century Robe à la Française, detailof the narrow ruchingedged with a fringe of white silk gimp & coloured floss silk knots. A wide pleated strip of silk, edged with fringe & flowers, is arranged in a serpentine line. Spitalfields silk, 1760s
    • Detailof back of 18th Century dress, robe à la française, made from beautifully hand painted silk from China, 1760-1770
    • 18th Century men’s3 piece suit, 1770’s England, via ROM toronto
    • 18th Century men’s court waistcoat,silk, detail of stunning embroideryof exotic flowers & foliage, c.1780’s
    • Men’s18th century nightcap. French or Italian. Embroidered silk with metallic yarns and lace.
  • Townsends:
  • Miscellaneous
    • In Regency England the 1stof May would be celebrated with a Jack In The Green parade— where a man would dress up as a tree, where people would revel and dance and play music.
    • 2000year-old Roman face cream/lotion. Dating back to II AD. Object was found in the temple complex dedicated to Mars. It’s world’s oldest cosmetic face cream and it has finger marks in the lid.
    • From the Archive: ‘TheHistory of a Linen Tablecloth – Dated 1789

Last Post: CLIMENHAGE UE, Elizabeth (Beth)
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elizabeth (Beth) Climenhage on May 11, 2022 at the age of 93. She has gone to be with her loving husband Leonard (2001) after a brief illness. She will be sadly missed by her children Robin (Heather), Bonnie Backshall (Dave), Leonard (Margaret) and Wendy Murray-Nicholson (Tony) and the late Joel Murray, and by many grand and great grand children.
Beth was the 4th Great granddaughter of Colonel John Butler, United Empire Loyalist leader of the militia known as Butler’s Rangers, that ultimately settled in this area.
She wore many hats while raising a family of four children that included selling Avon, driving a school bus, and she worked hard on the family farm which is now known as Clark Farms, producers of grapes used by Trius for fine wines.
Visitation on Sunday, May 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 16 at 10 a.m.
More details and online condolences available at

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